Please see the approved floor plans of the scheme that has added value to the property through the planning process.
En-Plan: Planning & Architecture have secured planning approval for this bespoke barn conversion in Garvestone, Norfolk. En-Plan: Planning Consultants for Norfolk.
The sun study demonstrates the level of light that will enter the property at different times of the day has informed the design process.
Red House Farm, Garvestone, Norfolk.
Conversion of barn into a three bedroom residential unit.
Following the initial planning appraisal and discussion with the client it was decided to extend the existing barn and covert it into a new residence with the extensions forming a new bedroom and kitchen respectively at either end of the converted barn to maximise the development and allow for a family unit of a size commensurate with the size of the overall plot.
With regard to the overall design En-Plan used te existing barn as the design template and repliacred the architectural style in both extensions so as tey would blend sesamlessly with the main unit and ensure a successful planning application
EN-PLAN submitted the application to Breckland District Council Planning Department and were able to secure planning approval and the applicant has subsequently sold the plot onto a developer, and pocketed the large profit.
Challenges facing barn conversions
A classic challenge when converting a barn is finding a way to create the subdivisions and private zones needed to establish a useable home. You’ll be working with a building that was used for storage or similar purposes, so it essentially comprises large areas of undivided space. For a conversion to be successful, the finished house must still have the feel of a barn whilst being comfortable and practical for living in. This means achieving a balance between the large, open and often double-height spaces this kind of structure offers and the smaller, more intimate rooms we all need in our homes. Good interaction and flow between the zones is key to success.Conversion projects can fail to deliver at both ends of the spectrum when trying to achieve this balance.
Too much subdivision into domestic-sized rooms compromises the fundamental open nature of the barn. On the other hand, cramming all the private rooms into a small part of the building (leaving the remainder as a huge, near-empty open space) results in neither element being comfortable or enjoyable. In fact, this is likely to be a very inefficient use of the available floorplan.If you want to maximise the opportunities a barn can offer, then it’s important to work with an architect or designer who really understands how these buildings work. Explore their previous projects and, if possible, visit some of the conversions they’ve completed and speak to the owners about how they’ve found living in the space
The history and charm of barns and old farm buildings are major attractions in the desire to convert them to residential use. Their much-loved character lies in the materials and methods of construction, along with the techniques and details of how they are put together.
Traditional farm buildings were intended to accommodate very specific functions – generally to provide storage or for housing animals. As a result they weren’t designed or constructed to cater for the requirements of a residential conversion, such as carrying upper floor loads.Over the (sometimes very long) lifespan of these buildings, farming needs and priorities may have changed considerably. In many cases this will have led to repeated, ad hoc alteration and adaptation. It’s very common to find a fine barn, originally constructed by skilled masons and carpenters, that’ been subject to a series of farmer’s repairs. New openings may have been created and others closed, structural elements removed, rotten timbers braced and load paths altered. As a result, the performance of the structure can be difficult to assess. But if this isn’t fully understood before planning new interventions and loadings, there can be serious consequences – even leading to total collapse.
What’s more, even the most careful assessment cannot identify all the issues with a complex old building at the outset. Problems will always come to light during the project that will require re-evaluation and flexibility in order to achieve the best outcome. Too often, conversions proceed on the basis of initial assumptions only and site teams aren’t able to adapt to new discoveries while the works are in progress.
As with self-builds, most barn renovation schemes will start out with no services, utilities or drainage on site. A classic issue is failure to plan for their provision at the outset, which can have serious consequences for the viability of the project. Technical challenges and the impact on cost and schedule can be considerable.With a conversion, the complexities extend beyond simply getting services to site. Incorporating pipework and cabling in a building that has never had it can be very challenging, especially where large open spaces are incorporated. Poor design or planning in this area can lead to a range of problems including lack of facilities in the finished home, unsightly visible pipe and cable runs, damage to the historic fabric or structure during installation, and perforation of airtightness and insulation measures (causing energy performance issues).
Old farm buildings are very likely to be home to some kind of protected wildlife – especially bats and owls. Surveys are essential at an early stage, together with well-conceived strategies for appropriate measures, to minimise delays in gaining planning consent.If roosts or nests are unexpectedly discovered during the course of the project it will bring the schedule grinding to a halt and could threaten the entire conversion.